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Vandalism[edit]

Someone has put "Hawking travelled extensively to promote his work, and enjoyed partying and dancing[citation needed] into the small hours." This is obviously untrue, as he was in a wheelchair at the time. Could someone fix this? It should look like this: "Hawking travelled extensively to promote his work." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.27.77.192 (talk) 16:01, 1 June 2014 (UTC)

Citation overkill[edit]

Currently (2014-05-23 14:09) this page is littered with excessive citations. This seems to be a case of Wikipedia:Citation_overkill. Here is one example: "He is a vocal supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25]". Here is the prime example: "During his career Hawking has supervised 39 successful PhD students.[2][3][4][5][319][320][321][322][6][323][324][325][7][326][327][328][8][329][9][330][331][332][333][334][335][10][11][336][337][338][339][340][341][342][343][344][345][346][347][348]". The page also seems to have a citation every other line. Obviously having a citation is important for controversial/moot statements, but this does seem in excess. Either way I cannot edit this page. --User:Stevenchartis

Broken link on reference 262[edit]

The link in reference 262 seems to be broken. Since the article is locked I can't update myself, here is a working link to the same source: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2008/10/31/uk-pope-hawking-idUKTRE49U6NB20081031


Biggest blunder reference not correct[edit]

Somewhere half through the 2000-present part, it says:

In the 2005 paper he published on the subject, he argued that the information paradox was explained by examining all the alternative histories of universes, with the information loss in those with black holes being cancelled out by those without.[222][288] In January 2014 he called this his "biggest blunder." [289]

If you follow reference 289:

Hawking changes mind about Black Holes United Press International

You won't find that Hawkings said that this was his biggest blunder. If you do a quick search on the internet you'll find enough articles where his quote is indeed mentioned. So maybe the reference should change? This one seems like a good candidate:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328460.500-stephen-hawking-at-70-exclusive-interview.html

Also, I don't think it's clear in the context of the sentence WHAT exactly his biggest blunder was. In the interview Hawkings says his biggest blunder was the thought of information being lost in black holes, but if you read the sentence we have on Wikipedia, one might think that his biggest blunder was the 2005 paper where he argued that the information paradox can be explained by examining all the alternative histories of universes etc.

Edit: While I'm exploring this subject a bit more, I notice that he said this in 2012 and not 2014. So, maybe we're talking about some other 'biggest blunder'? I'm a bit confused now...

Semi-protected edit request on 4 May 2014[edit]

Please change the wording in the first sentence under University. The existing text reads as follows: "Hawking was educated at the University of Oxford in October 1959 at the age of 17."

This should read "Hawking began his education at the University of Oxford...", or "Hawking entered the University of Oxford..." I'm pretty sure his Oxford education wasn't just in October 1959.  :) Minkymoe (talk) 04:39, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

Quite right. I have fixed it. Thank you for drawing our attention to it. HiLo48 (talk) 04:45, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 4 May 2014[edit]

"Hawking had experienced increasing clumsiness during his final year at Oxford, including a fall on some stairs and difficulties when rowing.[69][70] Nevertheless, the problems worsened..."

Nevertheless means "in spite of that", which is exactly the opposite of the intended meaning. An adverb isn't needed there; removing that one word would fix the problem: "The problems worsened...".

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Minkymoe (talk) 04:50, 4 May 2014 (UTC) Minkymoe (talk) 04:50, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

Yep. Fixed. I can't wait until you've been here long enough to be allowed to edit these things yourself! Keep up the good work. HiLo48 (talk) 06:08, 4 May 2014 (UTC)

Religious views[edit]

There is no mention of Stephen's religious views?? 14.139.229.35 (talk) 22:22, 9 May 2014 (UTC)

Are you suggesting there should be some mention? What should it be? HiLo48 (talk) 22:32, 9 May 2014 (UTC)
Yes. This page suggests he is an atheist- http://www.space.com/20710-stephen-hawking-god-big-bang.html 14.139.229.35 (talk) 11:23, 10 May 2014 (UTC)
But why mention it? HiLo48 (talk) 18:04, 10 May 2014 (UTC)
Good question. All I know is that editors have taken a keen interest in the subject on every scientist on my watchlist, supplying references and quotes. Hawkeye7 (talk) 04:10, 11 May 2014 (UTC) There is no God and Dirac is His prophet

how the universe started[edit]

how about the positive and negative atoms one light one dark was god playing marbles and when they collided our universe was the result. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.242.120.122 (talk) 17:14, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nevertheless